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@ahunter8056 While I agree there are some things about the show that can't change (the shape of the daleks, the tardis being a police box) I love it when the show makes changes. I don't like it when a show gets stuck in a cycle of repeating the same old things because of "tradition". Something like the opening titles changing is one I can only endorse.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence
@Polyphase @twoheartsonemind That's Victory of the Daleks you're describing, not Let's Kill Hitler
4 days, 12 hours ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
Where on earth did Clara not understand the concept of regeneration? She took a while to warm to the new Doctor, who was radically different to his predecessor in looks and personality. She'd met 10, who was also handsome and not *that* different to 11 personality wise, and the War Doctor, who came across as a polite, sensible old man. Plus as past selves it wasn't quite the same. If your friend burst into light and turned into someone radically different, I would be pretty put out.
6 days, 18 hours ago on Deep Breath Review
The best article I think I've ever read on this website.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@YaelMoise @The Lazy Cat It comes across like Donna is incredibly popular with Doctor Who fans... but not so much with the British public, as Catherine Tate was a love-her-or-hate-her comedian. A lot of people hated her purely because of the actress that plays her. Rose is quite a divisive character with the fandom but overwhelmingly popular with the british public. It's not necessarily exactly like this, but the general trend.
@007 Bond 50 He's done it before. "I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own." - Tenth Doctor. Seven was particularly good at this.
1 week ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man
I'm an optimist, so I'd naturally gravitate towards the Half-Face Man jumping... but honestly, I have no idea. I hope it's left ambiguous. (◕‿◕✿)
It really did a good job, in my opinion, of fleshing out the gang. I've liked them but felt, up until now, they'd never really been given much characterisation. Particularly Vastra and Jenny's relationship - it's been mentioned, but not really shown. But in Deep Breath I genuinely felt like Vastra and Jenny were a couple. Perhaps the Strax comic relief could be turned down a notch, but it's not the problem everyone makes it out to be.
1 week ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
@Antee991166 But the classic-era Brigadier, while most associated with the Third Doctor, first appeared in two Second Doctor-era stories, The Web of Fear and The Invasion. The character then returned as a familiar face to bridge the gap for the Third Doctor. The usage of familiar character to bridge the gap is common; the Ninth and Tenth Doctors had familiar characters - Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, Harriet Jones, Captain Jack... Whilst Ten and Eleven may have been highly divorced, this is because of the change from RTD to Moffat. It's quite unlikely we'll see a completely new slate until Moffat leaves.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
I don't usually pay much attention to AA scores - the Curse of the Black Spot got 86 while this only got 82.
1 week, 1 day ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
Why do all American trailers have annoying voice overs? I like my trailers silent, not someone growling and telling me everything.
1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
Try as hard as I can, I can't think of Asylum... as an opener. In fact, the whole of Series 7 part one just feels like part of a different series, like an extension of series 6. The Bells of Saint John feels like a series opener - new companion, new intro, new costume, new TARDIS interior.
1 week, 3 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks
I suspect Power of the Daleks would shoot up several places if it were ever found. It's nice to see Castrovalva getting some love (as it appears to be in the top 5). The TV Movie is so underrated it hurts.
1 week, 3 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)
@LGwalchmai95 @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Two men travelling in the TARDIS isn't something that's going to happen. It would also get a bad rep in the media. Media struggles in its portrayal of women enough, no female characters would just be a mistake.
1 week, 4 days ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
It's funny because in retrospect, the 10th Doctor openers weren't particularly good. Not that they were bad, but just fairly average episodes. I doubt there's many people with any of these on their favourite episode list.
1 week, 4 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
Nice deflection. Ramping up the ambiguity. Like, people are going to assume this means Clara could be leaving at the end of the series, but this could just be a throw off and she ends up returning for series 9. I'd be surprised that Jenna is so currently involved with the series when she's finished with it. Ah well, we'll see in 12 weeks!
@Mark McCullough @troughton who? Thank you! That makes sense. I didn't realise it was an averaget apologise (I feel kind of stupid because I just noticed it's written directly above the ratings section... umm)
1 week, 5 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
@BigDaddyAW19 I don't think that's been confirmed, though.
1 week, 5 days ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
@Exalos I just assumed it was River... until Clara didn't recognise her in Name...
1 week, 5 days ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes
I love these articles, they're extremely well written, but I find the ratings to be quite confusing. 9.2/10?
The premise of ...Sherwood wasn't one I initially liked, but reading that quote and synopsis... I can hear Capaldi saying that. I'm looking forward to it now.
@The 4th Doctor @Americanwhovian The Fans wanted "The Eleven Doctors". We got "The Day of the Doctor". Which would've been better?
1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Don't forget Anthony Ainley!
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd Adric?
@BradleyWelling Usually they compensated for it by having minimal-Doctor/Companion episodes (Love & Monsters, Blink, Midnight/Turn Left, The Girl Who Waited/Closing Time, and I guess The Crimson Horror?) in order to squeeze in the tight schedule (Series 1 and Series 5 had larger schedules therefore did not require these). For some reason they may not have opted for this (tighter filming squeeze perhaps?).
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@SeynabouMorganNdione @sontaran17 I don't think it helps she only got a half series, as well as being a "mystery" for most of it.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@The Living Angel @supermoff @TardisBoy "An Earthly Child" - Eighth Doctor, Big Finish productions.
@supermoff There's always rumours like this though. Rumours Capaldi would leave at the end of series 8. The Sun reported that Matt would leave at the end of Series 5, at the end of Series 6, then at the end of Series 7, then at christmas 2013 - then when Matt announced he was leaving, they got all smug as if they'd got it correct.
Great article, hope you continue after series 8 comes out. Out of curiosity why do people give so many 10/10s? I'm really finicky, I only give 10/10 to episodes I think are flawless. I haven't given a perfect 10/10 since series 6. Name, Day and Time get an 8, 9 and 9 respectively.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Do whatever you want Mr. Capaldi. I don't want you to leave, but if you want to go by no means feel pressured by anyone to stay.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@Stradiwhovius Moffat's had Daleks less often than RTD (in cameo appearances yes, but only two where they're the main villain as opposed to 5 for Tennant.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@theballaam96 @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @supermoff The only problem is that the fandom are largely self indulgent. If it was down to the fandom, we would've had a three hour long 50th special starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, with Sean Pertwee, David Troughton andDavid Bradley playing the first three, along with appearances from Rose Tyler, the Meta-Crisis Doctor, Martha, Captain Jack, River Song, Amy, Rory, Donna, Mickey, Susan Foreman, Barbara and Ian, Sarah Jane, Jo Grant, Jamie, Zoe, Romana, K9 Mark I, Leela, Tegen, Adric, Nyssa, Turlough, K9 Mark II, Ace... whilst the villains would've been a united team of Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons, Weeping Angels, Slitheen, Vashta Nerada, Abzorbaloffs, Krotons, Menoptera, Ice Warriors, led by a coalition of Davros, the Master, the Rani, Omega, Morbius, and Michael Grade. It would be immensely fan pleasing, but it would've been terrible. I'd take subtle storytelling over that any day. It would be cool to have the Master back - but it's not the best in terms of storytelling.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @ClaireAbraham @troughton who? @TheElusiveWhovian but Doctor Who had never been retired in a dignified manner - it didn't end on a satisfactory note, it was cancelled. There were new stories to tell. In the Master's case, he finally realised the origin of his insanity, he made peace with the Doctor at last, and attacked the people responsible. In my eyes, that redeemed him to an extent. Bringing him back would destroy that, and it would require him to discard the peace he made with the Doctor, suddenly turning into a Machiavellian villain again.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan Why do you want subtle? The Doctor's face has never been subtle, bar Matt's.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@theballaam96 But why? The Master overcame his ways, and made peace with the Doctor. Why's he suddenly going to turn evil again? 4 the lulz?
@TheElusiveWhovian And in my opinion, that's what's wrong with sci-fi - it never knows when to retire a villain in a dignified manner.
This is what I've though all along. I really think the Master's story has been told, and bringing him back would ruin the great ending we had - the Master had finally made peace with the Doctor. People want to bring him back because he's a "traditional" villain, like Davro, but I honestly think those villains would be more effective if they were never, ever brought back. Invent a new arch-nemesis of the Doctor's, please. I don't care about tradition.
I'm almost certain Capaldi will at least follow the "Troughton Rule" (3 complete seasons/series). What do I hope? He'll do about 5. What do I dream? He'll do eight whole series and beat Tom Baker's record (to be fair, I wish that of every Doctor).
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
@TheLostDoctor Get rid of the gags, keep the wit. You don't have to strip away humour to make something dark. You can have dark films with humour - ever heard of black comedies?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
@TheIdleIdol Tom only refused to do the 20th because he'd left the show only 2 years before. He did do the 30th (if you can actually consider it an anniversary...)!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
That being said, why don't we have a special to mark the 20th anniversary of the TV movie?
Just dedicate an episode of series 9 to mark it. That what they did with The Three Doctors, the 10th anniversary, and Silver Nemesis, the 25th anniversary. It'll please the crowd while meaning an actual special doesn't have to be made.
@The_Eternal_Dalek @the666thdoctor It was claimed in the media that Capaldi had only signed a one year contract, thus the reason why there was speculation he would only last one year. Whether it was true or not, I'm not sure. The only reason Eccleston didn't sign a multiple year contract was because the BBC weren't sure if there would be a second series or not.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi & Coleman Back For 2014 Christmas Special
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @ Notsosmartguy @Antee991166 10 was not two Doctors! He did not change his face thus remains the same doctor.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor
@SteviePenny Because you are limited by a broadcasting schedule. It's why films and programmes have deleted scenes.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes
@Americanwhovian I hope he's as good as Colin!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor
@robohappy @The_Eternal_Dalek I've seen more young boys say they're going to stop watching than I've seen young girls. The idea that a large percentage of the female fan base are leaving isn't true. Just because some girls on twitter complained he isn't hot like David or Matt. People seem to think men are bigger doctor who fans than women, and women are only here because the actor is hot. No! Every fan is here for the show, not the actor.
@SephoraNeedSeries8 @troughton who? The funny thing is I assumed it would be terrible and ended up enjoying it... maybe it's just the relief of not having another base under siege episode again?
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE
Is it me, or does Capaldi look different as the Doctor than he did as Caecilius or Frobisher? Anyway, I'm not bothered. Think about it - there's 7 billion alive on earth today. Now think about every human that there have ever lived, and all the humans that will ever be. Now take that to mean every humanoid looking species in the entire universe - a number I can probably express in standard form. Quite a lot, eh? I'm sure that in history there have been many people that just so happen to be identical. Big deal!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma
@SephoraNeedSeries8 Impossible on screen perhaps, but in prose you are much freer in what you can show.
4 weeks ago on George Mann on Writing the War Doctor